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Downgrade!

We add points for shortage, for length or because it’s Friday but sometimes those points don’t look so great. When was the last time you downgraded a hand? You’re allowed to!

43 Comments

  1. Profile photo of joanbutts joanbutts says:

    How high did you raise? A slight underbid of 2 led to the opponents coming into an auction they didn’t want to be in and they played 3CX making only 5 tricks. Although you have the values to bid 3 there are a lot of bad things about this hand (only three trumps, a lot of Qs and Js, and balanced). It may also be better to play in 3NT or even 4 (if there’s a fit) and these are both easier to find over 2.

  2. Profile photo of valeriejoan valeriejoan says:

    3 Spades and achieved that.

    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 2 P 3
    P P P

  3. Profile photo of lynng lynng says:

    Happy to make 10, but unhappy we didn’t bid game. Ah well, points weren’t quite there. Single diamond helped.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P P P

  4. Profile photo of irene3213 irene3213 says:

    3 Spades – and happy with that.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P P P

  5. Bid 3s and made them. not an easy hand.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P P P

  6. Why did N open with 11 points and didn’t rebid spades to indicate 5 spades? Very confusing
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 4
    P P P

    • Profile photo of graeme graeme says:

      Hi @bridgetgoddard,
      Two good questions, thanks for asking!
      For the opening bid, it’s only 11 points but nice shape. That 5 card spade suit and a singleton diamond add some value to the hand and North felt it was worth an upgrade.
      Your second question is bit more tricky. Bidding 2H over a 1S bid normally shows a 5 card suit so North is expecting a heart fit. 5, he’s hoping, in your hand and 3 in his hand. That would have been an 8 card fit and it’s almost always best to show a fit as soon as you find one.
      If you’re going to change suit with that South hand, try 2D. North will rebid spades then. Hope that helps.

  7. Profile photo of dianaosborne dianaosborne says:

    Bid 3 spades and made 10 the second time.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 2 P 3
    P P P

  8. Profile photo of rahamrick rahamrick says:

    Played 3 spades the first time around — and made 10. Jumping on the first round of bidding direct to 4 spades is a little risky. Played properly, though, it results in #2 board!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4
    P P P

  9. Profile photo of graeme graeme says:

    That’s a fairly unattractive hand. We always keen to upgrade with shape but we’re allowed to downgrade, too! East and West got themselves in trouble over 2S.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P P X P
    3 P P X
    P P P
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  10. Profile photo of normie616 normie616 says:

    Bid 3 Spades and made it .As above said,not really an easy hand.Don’t think i’ll worry about trying to make 10 tricks cheers normie sa
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P P P

  11. Profile photo of humbleme humbleme says:

    3CX got EW down 3
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P P X P
    3 P P X
    P P P

  12. Bid 4 spades & made the same.east west should have encashed his ace/ king of hearts to beat the contract.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4
    P P P

  13. Bid 3 nt & made the same
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P 3N
    P P P

  14. Profile photo of dominicref dominicref says:

    I bid 2NT, its a jump bid but partner didn’t respond. We made 10, but with only 21 points between us I can see why partner didn’t raise us to 3NT. Shame, though.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2N
    P P P

  15. Profile photo of tas02 tas02 says:

    Made 3S but not an easy hand. Very fortunate opponents split 3-2 in spades and Q was on the short side, or wouldn’t have made it.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P P P

  16. Profile photo of shiningstar shiningstar says:

    Made 3S
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P P P

  17. Profile photo of paulflash paulflash says:

    there is no game on these cards, as the opponents have 5 tricks against NT, and 4 top tricks against spades.
    There are only 22 combined points between the 2 hands, which is short of the values to bid game
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P 3
    P P P

  18. Profile photo of rnvolley rnvolley says:

    Bid and made 4S with this hand. Don’t ask me how…
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 4
    P P P

  19. Profile photo of nancyjane nancyjane says:

    Took several tries, but finally made 10 in 3S.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P P P

  20. Profile photo of nelle nelle says:

    Bid 3S and made 3.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P P X P
    3 P P 3
    P P P

  21. Profile photo of dcatjones dcatjones says:

    I went to 2 diamond response – wanting to hear more from partner – and when he went to 2 spades – I immediately went to 4 spades.
    Made the 4 spades but it was not an easy hand to play – had to think quite a bit about the hand – enjoyed the play
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  22. Profile photo of blondie58 blondie58 says:

    bid and made 3S
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P P P

  23. gambling for 4s ?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P P P

  24. Profile photo of suzie suzie says:

    3S, made 4!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P P P

  25. Tried 4, one down. Nice one @graeme!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  26. Profile photo of ken2 ken2 says:

    I had 10 points and a nine loser hand, I bid 2 diamonds to show my 10 points, then left partner in his two spades responce, why bid on? Happy to make 4, not upset to not be in game 170 is a good result.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 2 P P
    P

  27. Profile photo of sbc31414524 sbc31414524 says:

    Bid 3S and made 10 tricks
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 2 P 3
    P P P

  28. Profile photo of johna johna says:

    I went with the flow, but knew a 3S limit raise was probably sending a conservative signal given the void in clubs. I was tempted to single raise first. Made 4S.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P P P

  29. Profile photo of johna johna says:

    Forget previous comment about clubs! Thinking of another hand
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P P X XX
    3 P P X
    P P P

  30. Profile photo of kinderconnie kinderconnie says:

    Bid 3S and made
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P P P

  31. Profile photo of miriam miriam says:

    happy to make 9 tricks
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P P P

  32. Profile photo of judyjunkin judyjunkin says:

    Ouch! I responded 2 NT to N’s 1 S opener and he passed. I went down 1. Should have established Diamonds before running the Spades. Bad playing on my part.!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2N
    P P P

  33. Profile photo of squarepeg61 squarepeg61 says:

    Made eight tricks in 2S.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 2 P P
    P

  34. Profile photo of najat najat says:

    Invited partner to a game with 10 P but left it at 3S 🙁 made 10 tricks. Happy New Year. 🙂

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P P P

  35. Profile photo of delta delta says:

    Contract 3S made 9
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P P X 2N
    P 3 P P
    P

  36. I’ve sat here at breakfast with a hundred & one things to do, trying to make a contract with this hand. I’ve tried all permutations & just made 3 ea. time, except in nt, when we made 2. Ugh!
    Happy New Year to one & all.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 4
    P P P

  37. bid and made 3 s
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P P P

  38. Profile photo of dcatjones dcatjones says:

    Did a 3S limit raise. Looked at my hand and what were losers then figured that with an 8 card fit – we could at least do 3 Spades. Made an overtrick. Wish I had bid game on this. Did have to stop midway to gather my thoughts on best way to play the hand. Wish I had that kind of time playing duplicate.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P P P

  39. Profile photo of nevillet nevillet says:

    They went down two (2)…!!!!!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P P X P
    3 P P P

  40. Profile photo of louie2 louie2 says:

    Bid 4s made 10. Partner opened 1s I have a fit & 10 plus points answered 3s partner went to game. Is my bidding incorrect?
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

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